Diane Mahon: Yes for the High School Arlington Needs

With two years of careful planning and a partnership with the state that includes an $86 million grant, we’re on the right path to build a high school that will serve our students and community well for a long time to come….If voters say no to this project, the offer of $86 million from the state goes away. This would be a tremendous loss for Arlington taxpayers, because in all likelihood we’d have to go to Plan B, which would cost Arlington more.

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Dean Carman: Why We're Asking for an Override Now

On June 11th Arlington residents will vote on two important questions: Question 1 to fund the rebuild of Arlington High School, and Question 2 to fund our core services through an operating override. While I believe that voting Yes on both questions is necessary, I want to explain why voting Yes on Question 2 is critically important.

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Juliet Moir: YES for an Accessible AHS

While there are many reasons to support a new AHS, today I ask voters to consider the barriers created by the current building’s lack of accessibility. I have been working as a public school physical therapist in neighboring towns for the past 14 years and have worked closely with students who have physical disabilities.

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Jane Morgan: The Override is Vital for Our Schools

The town of Arlington leadership does an admirable job of planning ahead; Arlington hasn’t asked the voters for an operating override in eight years. Since the last operating override in 2011, the footprint of Arlington hasn’t changed. However, school enrollment has increased 20%…[and] the overall school budget hasn’t kept pace with our school-age population.

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Pat Hanlon: A Senior Speaks Out

I am like many other Arlingtonians of my generation. I am in my 70s. My children are grown, and my grandchildren do not attend school here. As a retiree, my income isn’t what it was, and a significant hike in taxes is never a thrill. But I realize that the town needs periodic overrides to continue providing the services that we expect, starting with great schools. And I know that it’s imperative for Arlington’s children, and for the town’s finances, to approve funding for the new high school now.

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